Environmental Justice

Law 510



Rigorous Writing Experience (RWE)



This transition to practice course is designed for upper-level students with an interest in environmental law and/or civil rights law. Environmental Justice sits at the cross roads of environmental law and civil rights law. The basic premise of “environmental justice” is that poor people and people of color disproportionately bear the burdens of pollution and, through exclusionary zoning practices, lack equal access to basic amenities such as water and sewer.

The law in this practice area is diverse, encompassing environmental law, civil rights law and zoning issues, as well as Executive Orders. The course will examine the application of the law in practice, teaching students how to identify and address environmental injustice in various settings.

This course will address some of the same concepts introduced in Civil Rights Law and Environmental Law, but will focus on the intersection of the two disciplines, particularly examining the application of the law to those communities disproportionately bearing the brunt of pollution and the lack of equal access to basic amenities. This course on modeled after the RWE Environmental Law Practice course in terms of using the law as a backdrop to develop practical skills.

Administrative Law either before or concurrently

M. Savasta-Kennedy, C. Taylor (Adjunct)

UNC School of Law | Van Hecke-Wettach Hall | 160 Ridge Road, CB #3380 | Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380 | 919.962.5106

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